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[17 Jan 2011 | No Comment | 2,096 views]
League tables for toddlers will pile on the stress, say parenting expert

Anna Davis, Education Correspondent
London Evening Standard
17 Jan 2011
Parenting experts today warned against introducing “league tables” for toddlers, after it was revealed that a new report will call for more checks on the development of babies.The government-commissioned report, by Labour MP Graham Allen, calls for regular assessments of the social and emotional development of every baby.Infants would enter “year one” at birth rather than when they started school, and carry on in years that corresponded with their age. Health and education professionals would visit homes to see if parents were …

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[8 Jan 2011 | 2 Comments | 2,212 views]
School Dinner Lady who Reported Bullying Wins Unfair Dismissal Claim

A primary school dinner lady who was sacked after telling a couple their seven-year-old daughter was tied to a fence and whipped with a skipping rope won her claim for unfair dismissal yesterday.
The employment tribunal which announced her victory will consider whether she should be compensated and reinstated at another hearing on Feb 2. Carol Hill, 61, dragged four boys away after finding Chloe David tied to a chainlink fence in the playground at Great Tey Primary School in Essex in June 2009.
She lost the job she held for almost …

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[9 Dec 2010 | 4 Comments | 18,733 views]
Defiant father who broke photo ban at school nativity play was threatened with arrest

A father told yesterday how he was threatened with arrest if he took pictures of his young daughter at her school nativity play.

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[7 Dec 2010 | One Comment | 1,748 views]
For those who are interested

http://www.familiesagainstfees.co.uk/ a site to support anyone involved in the university fee issues take a look .

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[24 Nov 2010 | No Comment | 2,315 views]
Education reforms: what the experts think

Times
Sarah Ebner, editor of the School Gate blog,
John O’Leary (Editor of The Times Good University Guide and of Policy Review magazine)
Michael Gove is in so much of a hurry to reform the education system that his ultra-ambitious Schools White Paper inevitably ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous. He has waded in where even previous Tory ministers feared to tread – notably on teacher training and aspects of the curriculum. It remains to be seen how many measures come to pass.
Some of the ideas are confused – a baccalaureate …

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[19 Nov 2010 | One Comment | 5,458 views]
Record numbers of parents getting criminal records for allowing their children to skip school

More than 8,000 were convicted last year over their child’s truancy – a five-fold rise in eight years.
Since tougher sanctions were introduced in 2001, nearly 41,000 parent

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[16 Nov 2010 | No Comment | 1,681 views]
Noisy  homes  hit children’s speech  skills

“Noise from TV and lack of conversation from parents can affect speech according to report
Sunday November 14,2010
By Hilary Douglas
CHILDREN beginning nursery school are unable to speak and listen properly because they are continually bombarded by noise from the TV at home and suffer from a lack of conversation with their parents.

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[16 Nov 2010 | One Comment | 2,609 views]
Does to much TV effect Speech Development

As a grandparent I have serious concerns about one of my grandchildren’s speech development. at 46 months. He has loving, caring parents but, and a big but, the tv is always on and the volume is loud. Nursery have identified the problem and he has been referred for help. I have tried tellling them and, as an ex teacher I fully realise the value of communication, but to no avail. Help!

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[3 Nov 2010 | No Comment | 2,924 views]
40 UK children killed by MMR – and the true picture could be 10 times worse

Forty children have died after a routine vaccination such as MMR and 2,100 more have suffered a serious reaction, UK health authorities have been forced to disclose this week – and these figures are just the tip of the iceberg. Two of the vaccinated children have been left with permanent brain damage, and 1500 others have suffered neurological reactions, including 11 cases of brain inflammation and 13 cases of epilepsy and coma. Overall, there have been more than 2,100 adverse reactions to a childhood vaccine in the UK in …

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[27 Oct 2010 | One Comment | 1,414 views]
The smarter sex: Does it matter if girls do better than boys?

By Richard Garner Independent
Despite all the attention, the gap between male and female achievement is still growing. Boys will perform just as you expect them to, it seems. If you tell them they aren’t as intelligent as girls and are less likely to do well in tests, that is exactly what will happen. So says the latest salvo in the battle of the sexes that has preoccupied educationalists for decades. A study published at the British Educational Research Association conference tested two classes of youngsters. One (mixed) class was told …

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